"The fun here is in searching for potential telltale clues and fake-outs as he casually ambles his way from sleight-of-hand flimflam to pseudo-telepathic reads...It’s harder to fill a whole evening when you’re alone onstage, and while it sports some impressive feats, the new show, directed by Rodrigo Santos, feels padded...It’s easy to share his excitement. Not just because the tricks are impressive, but because their buildups are so protracted that the payoff comes as a relief." Full Review
"It almost feels like a seminar on the psychology of the swindle...In a craft as reliant on the suspension of disbelief as magic, it's a ballsy choice to ask viewers to sharpen their BS-detectors, but that's exactly what Guimarães does consistently through this thought-provoking show. Luckily for him, he's an incredibly gifted parlor magician...With 'Verso,' Guimarães has created a magic show for our paranoid age...He tells us to trust no one, not even him." Full Review
"The trick here is that Guimarães never seems completely confident that what he's doing is going to work, and when he seems to have been foiled a couple of times, his imperfection adds to the illusion that everything else is real. At two hours, the show does lose steam now and then, especially when Guimarães philosophizes about different realms of reality and what is and isn't possible, but 'Verso' is an engaging charmer providing good clean family fun." Full Review
"Verging on two hours long, including an intermission, it includes what seems like a lot of padding, at a cost to its sense of enchantment...Routines that would be very impressive at a table in a nightclub are less of a wow in a 200-seat theater...Many of the bits are familiar...Although 'Verso' is performed and designed with skill, it evokes more admiration than excitement. Guimarães is great with his fingers, but there aren’t enough new tricks up his sleeve." Full Review
"Helder Guimarães puts on an amazing display of playing-card wizardry in ‘Verso’…What makes for success in endeavors of this sort, is not just the magic; it’s the delivery, the entertainment, and the personality of the magician at hand. In these areas, Mr. Guimarães receives the highest grades…Guimarães handily carries the show with ingratiating personality and self-deprecating charm...'Verso' offers a grand evening of theatrical magic." Full Review
"‘Verso’...with only a single performer, stretches things to nearly two hours, a bit excessive for this kind of parlor game show...You may have seen these or similar tricks before, but if you’re a sucker for a clever magician’s wiles and like the kind of intimate, lightly comic, informative, one-on-one style of a Ricky Jay, Helder Guimarães will serve you well. And when he does his final trick, a multidimensional one that defies explanation, you’ll know why I’ve titled this review 'surreal.'" Full Review
"While performing his feats, Guimarães displays a sly confidence that borders on cockiness, but because he does enough to earn it (how did he get the name of a completely random country on the back of that card?!?), he's nonetheless engaging onstage. During the in-between scenes, when he attempts to contextualize his magic, a lot of that rough-edged likability evaporates and he becomes more mechanical...It's just short of the sparkle that separates the very good from the great." Full Review
"Guimarães rises to the occasion and shows us something new in his repertoire. At the same time, if some of the tricks weren’t duplicated from that early 2014 show, some of them did feel familiar...'Verso' is at its best when it’s all fun and games. Guimarães waxes philosophically about biases and alternative realities we buy into at times, albeit subconsciously. But the spoken word in this show is at its best when Guimarães is instead interacting with the audience." Full Review
"His philosophical patter is smart enough to intrigue those who ‘get it’ while peppered with colloquialisms to draw in others whose only desire is to be tricked...Two thirds of the somewhat padded evening (buildups are prolonged, some deceptions feel redundant) is occupied with card tricks...Long cons are well utilized with set-ups early on and revelations much later...The evening, if a bit long, is enjoyable; well performed and well directed." Full Review
"Perhaps he could warm up his presentation style. He can come off a little 'Corporate Motivational Speaker' in his delivery of well-practiced anecdotes. When he’s directly interacting with the audience, however, he is generous and friendly...Add Guimarães’s pure technical skill and easy rapport with volunteers to a well-polished, balanced routine of 'mentalist'-type predictions and lie-detector tricks...and 'Verso' is an evening you’ll remember for a very long time." Full Review
"This investigation into the stories we tell ourselves and how we can change them makes 'Verso' more like a strangely lovely work of theater than an ordinary magic show. It focuses not simply on amazing and entertaining us, but on opening our minds to ideas we might find hard to believe. He seals the deal with a final, startling trick — that makes us believe that perhaps he's right, and the impossible is possible after all." Full Review
"Though he insists on his fascination with chance—'I collect mistakes,' he tells us early on—my sense of 'Verso' as a whole is of a show impeccably arranged in order to create the illusion of spectacular coincidence." Full Review
"You will be stunned, no doubt about it. But there isn’t much to this show beyond being fooled. There is barely a touch of atmosphere, hardly any romance or wonderment. For conjuring to be its most effective it should have a sense of poetry, a raison d’etre...Magic fans should definitely check out this talented performer; he didn’t win that trophy for nothing. But the show’s concept, script and staging do nothing to elevate Guimarães’ performance above that of an evening of bafflement." Full Review
See it if you want an audience-centric performance that engages your mind, and enjoy illusionists and card tricks.
Don't see it if you want a drama, musical, like to be detached from the performance, don't like illusionists, card tricks etc.
See it if you enjoy sleight of hand, amazing card and other tricks that leave you saying "how did he do it". 2 hours of pure entertaiment and fun.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of magic or card tricks.
See it if you enjoy magic mixed with great storytelling and philosophy. Helder is a terrific performer--charming, funny, and engaging.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy magic. (Then again, I'm generally not a fan of magic, but I found myself captivated.)
See it if You enjoy seeing amazing magic, mind games and card tricks. Lots of laughs. Unbelievable performance!
Don't see it if You want a conventional show with a story. This is a very charming one man show with incredible card tricks and mind games.
See it if you want to see a flipping amazing magic show where you have no clue how he does the tricks! It's baffling.
Don't see it if you want to see a standard play or musical. Or a freaked out by magic. But it really was amazing.
See it if you like magic shows that involve audience participation. Nice production, with stories and humor. Definitely an fun time!
Don't see it if You don't like magic shows with good production values, but are on the small side. There are a lot of card tricks.
See it if Helder is so versatile in his show "Verso" and shows us so much more than magic. There is nothing slight about his sleight of hand.
Don't see it if Not to be missed even if you're not a fan of magic!
See it if you haven't seen the popular explosion of "wow" inducing illusions on network TV these days, & you like audience participation.
Don't see it if you're looking for a fast paced show with tricks you've never seen before. Most of these feel dated and a little tired.
See it if you're a fan of clever card tricks, one-man shows and lots of audience participation. Also if you like storytelling and philosophy chat.
Don't see it if you're expecting grandiose illusions - it's simple but entertaining. If you're offended by the "F" word,he uses it a lot, in a humorous way.
See it if You would enjoy a magic act that is primarily focused on card tricks.
Don't see it if You are unimpressed by card tricks - especially when those tricks don't workout. Just not enough here to hold a NY audience.
See it if you enjoy close up magic, great card tricks, audience participation, woven together into a personal story, that will leave you thinking.
Don't see it if you dislike one man shows, are expecting flashy magic tricks, i.e. sawing a woman in half. This is an intimate theatre and performance.
See it if you want to see a an astounding, highly technical magician with an extremely strong and entertaining show - the production values are high!
Don't see it if you like more explosively theatrical or 'showy' magic - the focus here is more subdued close-up illusions and mentalism
See it if if you want to see a magician/mentalist/storyteller perform stunning tricks, and explore with the audience the meaning of magic.Mesmerizing
Don't see it if if you do not enjoy magic tricks, or if you don't like audience participation.
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